From Jazzercise, Inc.
(CARLSBAD, CA) Cold and flu season is in full swing and chances are you’ll be laid out with the sniffles at least once or twice this year. Ninety percent of Americans catch at least one cold a year, and estimates are that 16 to 20 percent more people were ill at the tail end of 2001 than during the same period in 2000, according to Surveillance Data, Inc., which tracks illness patterns worldwide.
But you don’t have to sit back and wait for the inevitable sneeze. Judi Sheppard Missett, Jazzercise founder and CEO says you can employ several practical strategies for preventing illness and boosting your immunity.
The direct assault:
Indirect Immunity Boosters:
But what about exercising when you are ill - is it appropriate? The neck test is a simple way to determine whether it’s okay to work out or better to curl up in bed. If your symptoms are below the neck, e.g. body aches, chest congestion, diarrhea, chills, vomiting, go to bed! Also, never exercise if you have a fever. However, if your symptoms remain above the neck, e.g. nasal congestion, sore throat or sneezing, go ahead and exercise. Just watch your intensity and the duration of your workout.
Stretches are a great way to ease into and out of a workout and loosen stiff muscles when you’re not feeling your best. The following stretch lengthens the muscles of your back and waist, and can be done while seated. It's perfect for when energy reserves are running low!
Sit up tall in a chair with your feet placed firmly on the floor about hip width apart. Reach your right arm up and over on a high diagonal. Relax your shoulders down on your back, pull your abdominals in, and think of stretching your spine long. Hold the stretch for 10-15 seconds, breathing naturally as you continue to reach your arm up and over. Return to your starting position, then stretch up and over to the left. Repeat 3-4 times on each side.
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